February 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Macon-Bibb County P&Z should cease being the Tremont Temple middle man

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission decided Monday to rehear Tremont Temple’s application for demolition of its former sanctuary on Forsyth Street. The structure has sat empty for seven years. Recently, a willing buyer who wants to open a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise agreed to purchase the property’s 0.2 acre tract. Tremont Temple applied for permission to demolish the old structure. Along comes the Historic Macon Foundation to oppose the demolition, saying that the structure played a significant role in the civil rights movement in Macon and offered to match the seller’s offer. Subsequently, P&Z commissioners denied the demolition request in December.

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